Anesthesia: Essays and Researches

REVIEW ARTICLE
Year
: 2020  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 366--369

Preparing intensive care unit in resource-constraint setting amid COVID-19 pandemic: Our experience and review


Kamal Kajal1, B Naveen Naik1, Ajay Singh1, Shiv Lal Soni1, Amarjyoti Hazarika1, Kulbhushan Saini1, Sanjay Jaswal1, Shyam Charan Meena1, Naveen Pandey2, GD Puri1 
1 Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India
2 Department of Hospital Administration, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Shiv Lal Soni
Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Sector 12, Chandigarh - 160 012
India

COVID-19 pandemic is an emerging, rapidly evolving public health emergency where a nation's health-care system can face a marked surge in demand for intensive care unit (ICU) beds and organ support. In regions with insufficient medical resources, it may further aggravate the existing shortage, limiting an ICU's ability to provide the normal standard of care. It can present ethically or legally demanding questions about how to prioritize the allocation of life-saving medical resources. In developing countries like India, still many hospitals are challenged by competing priorities and remain underprepared. In the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, to guide the intensive care disaster planners in regions with low resources and to ensure ICU readiness, this review shares our experience and strategies for preparing ICU with existing and alternative resources, focusing on space, equipment, and health-care workers' safety and training.


How to cite this article:
Kajal K, Naik B N, Singh A, Soni SL, Hazarika A, Saini K, Jaswal S, Meena SC, Pandey N, Puri G D. Preparing intensive care unit in resource-constraint setting amid COVID-19 pandemic: Our experience and review.Anesth Essays Res 2020;14:366-369


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Kajal K, Naik B N, Singh A, Soni SL, Hazarika A, Saini K, Jaswal S, Meena SC, Pandey N, Puri G D. Preparing intensive care unit in resource-constraint setting amid COVID-19 pandemic: Our experience and review. Anesth Essays Res [serial online] 2020 [cited 2021 May 12 ];14:366-369
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